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BY THE AUTHOR OF
"TREMAINE" AND "DE VERE."
"I can truly say, that of all the papers I have blotted, which have been a
IN THREE VOLUMES.
FIELDING; OR, SOCIETY.
13, GREAT MARLBOROUGH STREET
I WAS born in one of the British Isles, of a family sufficiently high to enable me to be an aristocrat if I had pleased, but not so high as to keep me at a distance from those lower ranks in which as much, if not more, of what may be called nature is exhibited. Vastly convenient this, for one of the turn I at last took, of being an observer of men and things, without belonging to any particular order.
Some people are remarkable for having every sense but common sense. I had nothing else: if I had that (which I much doubt): I was not accomplished; and, though expensively educated, had little learning. But from childhood I was very observant; and my spirit of investigation sometimes cost me dear; as my aunt Penelope